Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sept. 21: Liar! Liar! Ponts on fire.

https://theantimedia.com/yemen-houthi-halt-attacks-saudi-arabia/

In other words, all the American reports of Iran attacks on Saudi Arabia were lies. Of course. Such an attack by Iran would make no sense at all. The American and Saudi governments were lying from the start. And war reporters should have known that. (They probably did know it.)
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/09/trudeau-blackface-symptom-canadas-widespread-anti-black-racism

Within eighty years - and probably much much less - all humanity goes off a cliff. But the Liberals and Conservatives couldn't care less. And the Canadian voters are worse.And the posturing of our news media, including CBC, is worse.

And we choose this time to parade our false virtue.

Canada is and always has been racist. And that's true of just about every country in the world. Quebec has a law forbidding the wearing of religious symbols at work.  In hundreds of years of history, and in a province that has been loaded down with religious symbols - including a massive, steel cross on Montreal's mountain - do you think it is a coincidence that Quebec suddenly has a Muslim population that wears religious symbols?

We are racists. We always have been. I'm not advocating racism. I'm just saying we are racists.                           

Canada's first cabinet minister from a visible minority member was in1978 - pretty close to when Trudeau was  born.

First black hockey player? That was Wellie 0'ree. In 1957.

First black Canadian MP -  Lincoln Alexander, 1968.

About 1960, the Montreal police chief, on  holiday in The Gaspe, decided to visit the family of a recent recruit. It turned out the father of the new police officer was black. And the chief fired the son the first day he want back to work.

In 1965, I was a student at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, a school of righteous Baptists. It had just accepted it's first black student.

Quebec didn't accept black school teachers until the 1960s.

One of NDP leader Singh's problems is that he has a dark complexion and wears a turban.

In New France, slaves were sometimes torn apart by horses.

Check the building of the CPR. The dangerous jobs - like using dynamite were given to Chinese. And the death rate was high.

In Montreal and, presumably, most Canadian cities a common addition to house rental signs was "Select clientele only."  That means no blacks, no orientals, no Jews. In a couple of summers, I learn ed what bigotry meant when I worked for a Jewish camp - and wore the camp T shirt every day. The worst was the day I visited a summer vacation spot of Montreal's English wealthy Christians. That evening there was a meeting of the lake association to find out who had invited the Jew.

A friend of mine who was black  wanted to study law but had no money. But he was an outstanding hockey player. So he applied to McGill for a hockey scholarship. But McGill wasn't accepting blacks or, at  least very, very few. (So he went to Harvard, played hockey, and became a distinguished lawyer.)
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So let's get serious on several points. Canadians are and always have been racists. Going blackface is a pretty mild example of that.

This election is about the survival of Canada and the world. And we don't know when the curtain is going to fall. This is far the most dangerous election ever. The real issue is not what silliness Trudeau did in his younger years. Unless we all insist of dealing with the real issue, we all go over a cliff

Meanwhile, if we really want to deal with racism, let's get serious about it. All of us.

So, please, can we and our news media get serious?
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Oh, if you're a Canadian, you might check out Post Media which owns dailies all over Canada and which specializes in its own lies. It is really a tool of the very, very rich to spread their propaganda. And the very, very rich want to destroy the Liberals and let oil profits  flourish. And the Conservatives will do that. So it had an editorial on Friday saying Trudeau must resign. This sort of bias and propaganda is what  this papers live on.

Mind you, I do not say this to urge anybody to vote Liberal. (I have never in my life voted Liberal or Conservative. And right now, I;m not crazy about anybody.) I'd just like to see an election that deals with real issues.
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Any country whose adults are losers like Liberals and Conservatives is in dreadful dangers. But all over the world young people are demanding change. But their idiot parents won't. Even the US is showing more awareness than Canada is.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/eco-anxiety-1.5291500
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/21/justin-trudeau-not-such-racist-shallow-and-ineffectual
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/21/pro-china-supporters-tear-down-hong-kongs-lennon-walls

This is no longer a protest. This is a war. And soon, we'll be seeing pictures of the dead.
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We may have only nine years to avoid climate catastrophe. Electing Conservatives or Liberals will use up at least four of those years with the remaining five almost certainly hopelessly short time to change direction.

How can Canadians be come dumb as to elect Conservatives and Liberals?

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/radiolabour/2019/09/we-have-only-nine-years-left-unions-support-global-climate
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.https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-u-s-doesnt-wait-for-proof-before-blaming-iran-for-drone-strikes-in-saudi-arabia
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https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/the-game-is-not-over-yet.html

We are on the edge of electing a Conservative Party that doesn't believe climate is changing, and that would dream of offending oil bosses. Or a Liberal party which has done nothing.
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This (and not our dreadful Canadian farce) is what an election should look like.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/21/sanders-unveils-plan-wipe-out-all-medical-debt-us-declaring-very-concept-should-not
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/21/were-not-through-after-biggest-climate-protest-history-draws-4-million-worldwide
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/20/hit-historic-flooding-imelda-houston-offers-stark-reminder-why-millions-are-joining
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The U.S., the country that accuses other  countries of using drones to kill civilians is, by far, the biggest killer of civilians by drones in the world.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/20/how-could-they-do-us-ask-afghan-farmers-after-reporting-reveals-officials-knew
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By 2050, this world could have a billion migrants forced to flee their countries because of climate change. Well, Trump will just have to build more walls and more wire prisons for the children.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/inside-out-climate-change-induced-migration

But not to  worry. Large areas of the U.S. will also be forced out of their region due to climate change. So then the U.S. will annex much of Canada.

No. That's not the slightest exaggeration.
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The young girl who has shown more compassion and insight (and honesty) than all of our politicians and billionaires put together.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/greta-thunberg-autism-and-her-america-tour
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The American objective in Iran is what it has been since 1948. To destroy and form of independent government. Indeed, it goes back to a similar effort by Britain in the 1920s.

The British forced Iran to  sell all it's oil to Britain at low prices set by Britain. As well,, Iran had to supply all the oil for the whole British navy free of charge. Iran ended that after World War 2. So the British asked for American help to overthrow the government and install a dictator. The U.S. was happy since that gave the U.S.oil on the cheap.

But Iran kicked out the dictator and restored an elected government. The U.S. has never liked that. And it has been working for years to restore a dictator.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/trump-meets-with-security-council-on-iran-war-plans

I don't think Trump wants a war. But his cabinet insists. (It has the oil barons leaning on it.).
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/09/20/Complicated-History-Canadian-Blackface/

Yes. Blackface was and is common, especially among  wealthy Canadians. And when I was a kid blackface shows were common - even in churches and schools.And, indeed, Racism in Canada is still common. We have never learned.
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/09/18/Climate-Crisis-Wipe-Out/

Trudeau is, at best, a poor imitation of a prime minister. Alas, the only other party Canadians vote for in large numbers is the Conservative party, the most vicious and plundering party and the least intelligent party we have.

We are in for one hell of an experience - one that it may be difficult survive in..
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52293.htm

Yeah? If that's true, why is that most Canadians  will only vote for the two parties that refuse to deal with climate change?
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/09/20/news/climate-change-number-1-concern-canadians-poll-says

climate change concerns Canadians? Then why the hell are they doing nothing? And why are they voting for Conservatives and Liberals - the people least likely to do anything.

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Enough. It's been a long and horribly depressing day of going through the news.

What I didn't mention - because we don't have enough news about it yet - is the possibility that Donald Trump is in serious mental decline. But what the hell.... So is the leadership of the U.S. armed forces, most of both houses of Congress, and capitalism.







Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sept. 19 Greta Thunberg, please run for prime minister of CAnada.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/greta-thunberg-congress-1.5287903

Wow!

This is more intelligence than I've heard from any of our adult politicians. And that's not just patting a little girl on the head. What's speaking here is compassion, responsibility, intelligence, concern for others. What's speaking here is reality

Her language is siimple, but clear and strong and realistic.

She is all that Canada's Liberals and Conservatives are not. (and much of what the NDP and the Greens are not.) She has the language of simplicity, of  truth, of common sense - which is not common at all.

This is a quite extraordinary person

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/19/greta-is-right-congress-is-ignoring-science-and-that-includes-democrats

Canadian political parties are worse. That's because Canadian billionaires interfere with government even more than American billionaires do with American government.
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For contrast, here's an adult premier of Alberta.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/new-oilsands-agency-1.5287514
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ndp-dental-1.5287918

For xxxxxxx sake, we are in sight of the destruction of  the planet we live on. The scientists who study this say it's now within a lifetime, and nobody knows how much within a lifetime.

The people who are telling us there's nothing to worry about are the ones who have no record of scientific training or research.

It's coming. It's coming soon. But the good news is we can look forward to dying with free teeth. We are sitting through the most trivial election this country has ever known.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-young-climate-summit-kent-1.5288207

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/hologram-campaign-1.5285860

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This election campaign has virtually nothing to say to us.

Oh, the U.S. asked Saudi Arabia for proof it was Iran that bombed the Saudi airfield. No problem. The Saudis answered within hours that them there Iranians did it.

And that answer was predictable even as the words were spoken as we got the answer. Saudi Arabia announced that Iran had done it. So it's okay. The US can nuke Iran  right away. I mean, if  you can't trust Saudi Arabia, who can you trust?

Trump has, I suspect, backed himself into a corner.

But, boy, you gotta admire those Saudis. I mean, just hours after the attack it had the answer. Who woulda guessed?

Of course, the U.S. and the Saudis have been killing the people of Yemen for several years - and specializing in starving the children. But that's okay.

Will Canada be joining this fight? Quite possibly.  Canadian government always kiss up to the U.S.  And Trudeau has a history of supporting U.S. mass murder.
(I'm so proud we have a prime minister who's nice to Mr. Trump.)
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/18/saudi-oil-attack-rouhani-dismisses-us-claims-of-iran-role-as-slander

Let's all sit down and think really, really hard. And for that we have to turn to a newspaper more honest than the North Americans are.

What would Iran gain by attacking Saudi oilfields?

Answer - nothing. That wouldn't frighten the U.S. away. Nor would it reduce th strength of weaponry that could be aimed at Iran. And crippling the Oilfields for a few months? That's hardly a death blow to Saudi Arabia.

What it would set up is an attack on Iran

And note how quickly Saudi Arabia accused Iran. Positively identifying the origins of such an attack can be quite a job. But anyone with half a brain would see the danger of jumping to conclusions here.

But the U.S., on the basis of a VERY speedy analysis, has announced the villain was Iran - a country that could not possibly gain anything from that attack. Indeed, it could only set itself up for an attack by vastly superior forces.

No. Nothing in this story makes sense. But who, obviously, stands to gain from it?

The American oil industry does. It's the one that has been pushing for a war against Iran for some years. The American oil industry wants ownership and control of Iran's oil. That's why these tensions with Iran developed in the first place. And the American oil industry has friends, to say the least, in the U.S. government.

Britain, of course, will almost certainly join in when the U.S. tells it to. The rest of Europe? Not likely.

Canada? Quite possibly. The U.S. might want a sort of repeat of the Korean War in this case. And both the Liberals and the Conservatives would would send Canadians to die for the U.S. oil industry.

Think hard.

An Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia makes no sense whatever. Indeed, it simply weakens the Iranian position. Who benefits? The U.S. oil industry which gets the control over Iran that it has always wanted.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/saudi-arabia-promises-proof-iran-behind-oil-plant-attack-1.5287893

Note the CBC's caution in its announcement of this story. It's headline refers to an ALLEGED Iranian attack. You certainly will rarely see this word 'alleged' in most reports. That's because most north American news media always see our side as telling the truth even as they lie. The CBC is more careful, and more honest.

And here's a pretty good opinion about what is happening.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/18/trump-yemen-saudi-arabia-middle-east-iran
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https://www.couriermail.com.au/technology/in-for-a-roasting-australia-on-brink-of-apocalyptic-conditions/news-story/73d731e4a07f6b9c39b18897faa0e085?fbclid=IwAR3ncfprSG-Wh5gfZzsB3BEa__GSVNQtfivbHbnKvzWecZKadxzQMEZ0Au4

Well, yeah. But we could send Jason Kenney and Doug Ford down to fix that.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2019-where-the-leaders-are-day-9-1.5289326

Oh, come off it. Yes, it is distasteful to do a black face act. But these acts were common in the U.S. and Canada until fairly recently. I can remember seeing them in my church concerts  - and this was a church that had some highly respected Black  members. My elementary school routinely had such acts.
Al Jolson was a massively popular singer whose whole career was blackface.

No, Trudeau shouldn't have done it. But he was 29, for pete's sake. Nor does he have the slightest sign of racial prejudice at any point.

This overreaction is typical of this election. Of all the problems Canada faces - including our support of the U.S. mass murder of orientals and Muslims, including destruction of all human life on the planet - the bad taste of a 29 year old is pretty trivial. (tell us about all  the blacks who have been Conservative leaders over the past hundred and fifty years.)

If there were evidence of Trudeau's racism now, that would be different. But all this fuss is  disgusting.

Look. We Canadians, just about all of us, are racist. Let's not kid ourselves.  In Nova Scotia, Blacks were dreadfully treated. They were forced, in Halifax, to live in a town at the foot of a garbage dump. When I was a university student in Nova Scotia, blacks were just being accepted - and very, very few of them. Most theatres still forced them to sit in balcony seats. There was a separate home for Black orphans. It was a vile building in a vile setting, and I still shudder at the thought of it.

I grew up in a Montreal that forced almost all blacks and orientals to live in their own ghettoes. And, certainly, none would ever get jobs on the police force. (A typical rental ad was "Select clientele only." And we all knew what that meant.)
Black women, of whatever education, could get work only as household servants.
If black woman wanted decent pay, they could get it only as singers and dancers in nightclubs. (But they were not allowed to talk to clients, or to sit with them even if invited.) Blacks were ignored as potential clerks in department stores.)

Canada's national film board (NFB) has a film on the subject for which I was an adviser.  It's called 'Showgirls".

I taught for a very large school board that employed not one black or oriental.

A New Brunswick city is remembered in a poem as "City so white you will not cut a black man's hair."

We white Canadians are as racist as any people in the world. (We just don't admit it.) Yes, Trudeau was wrong to do blackface. But if race is going to be an issue in this election, not all the blame should be dumped on a rich kid called Trudeau. We are all up to our ears in racism.

We are facing the most desperate future in history. And all we're getting out of our candidates is trivia and gossip for this most trivial election - on the part of all parties - in the history of this country. Alas! We're also getting trivia from our news media. There should be a book about the long record of Canada's news media in employing only whites.
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For the future,  this is a hell of a lot more important than what Trudeau did as a 29 year old.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/bird-population-decline-1.5288454

In this crucial election, our politicians are campaigning on triviality. And it's disgusting - and worse, we shall have to pay one hell of a price for their behaviour.

And the Canadian people deserve no credit. They are dancing to this childish drivel we call an election. We have a total of 80 years of fatal decline facing us.We have increasing poverty. So who gives a damn? Not the political parties. And not  those soggy wretches we call the Canadian people.

This is almost certainly the election that will destroy Canada and it's people. If we elect conservatives, they will so badly delay dealing with climate change, it will probably be too late. Ditto for the LIberals.


Conservatives are prostitutes for the oil industry. Liberals are wimps. The NDP and the Greens are doing their best to be boring and trivial. And the Canadian people? Out to lunch.

And watch for another development. U.S. big business, especially mining, wants control of the north. (That's what the attempt to buy Greenland was all about.) And they may well decide to do something similar through Alberta.

Unless there is a sudden change - and unless the Canadian people wake up - this is the end of of Canada and the end of the game.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/19/life-earth-wealth-megarich-spending-power-environmental-damage
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/09/support-global-climate-strikes-we-owe-it-youth
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/09/if-conservatives-win-because-trudeaus-youthful-stupidity-it-will-be-tragedy

Karl Nerenberg is one of the very best reporters in the business.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/09/youth-are-leading-global-climate-strikes-demand-urgent-action
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/09/ecojustice-throws-down-gauntlet-kenney-responds-bravado
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/09/conservatives-and-liberals-advance-corporate-canadas-nuclear-dreams
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/linda-leons-blog/2019/09/closer-look-ndps-climate-platfor

The NDP has the clearest and most useful position on climate change. It needs to publicize it more.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/afghanistan-landmines-war-on-terror/

All the terror in this war has come from the U.S. In fact, the U.S. has been the terrorist in all of its wars since 1945. And, indeed, it's been the terrorist in most of its wars - Indian wars, Latin American wars,  Phillipines wars, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq.....
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Looney Tunes

https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-military-navy-flooding
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https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-homeless-california/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/green-new-deal-sanders/
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-u-s-doesnt-wait-for-proof-before-blaming-iran-for-drone-strikes-in-saudi-arabia
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/17/the-worlds-most-important-political-prisoner/
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Both Britain and the U.S. claim the right to control the news. In fact, both bear some resemblance to Hitler's control over the German press. Canadian newspapers don't have to be told. That's because most of them are  already liars inf favour of the corporations.

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/11/uk-security-services-neutralized-countrys-leading-liberal-newspaper/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/even-skeptical-climate-science-shows-we-are-in-a-dire-crisis
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/climate-crisis-the-biggest-crisis-humanity-has-ever-faced-wake-up-and-face-the-facts-greta-thunberg
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52287.htm

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52289.htm

This is delicate.

For centuries, we have told our military veterans that they were serving the Canadian people and even serving the queen. Sometimes that has been true. But Canadians in the Boer War were not serving Canada or the queen. They were serving the greed of wealthy British who wanted Africa's gold.

The Korean War? Get real. This was a war to help the U.S. get a  base for an invasion of China. It had nothing to do with Canada. Afghanistan was a war to add that country to the American empire.  But we don't say that. Do we?

We are now close to more war to serve American billionaires.

None of this is a criticism of the soldiers. It's a criticism of  how we lie to them when we are actually sending them to die for a cause that has nothing to do with us. We make war what it is not - glorious. And, sadly, a major force in spreading this lying and betrayal is The Canadian Legion.
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https://www.rt.com/news/469102-pompeo-iran-saudi-oil-war/

Most of the world, including American allies, do NOT believe Iran was behind the attack on Saudi oilfields. (Trudeau will probably agree it did.)

In fact, for Iran to have made that attack would have been stunningly stupid. It gives the U.S. and Saudi Arabia the chance to invade Iran - which is something American billionaires strongly want. But it is a move which would be no advantage whatever to Iran. Funny how most of the Canadian news media have not noticed that.
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https://theantimedia.com/saudi-fighter-jets-are-helping-israel-bomb-eastern-syria/

The Saudis have always been a nation of murderers and thieves. So has Israel. They're a well-matched pair. But,  in time, this will lead to a profound split in the world of Judaism.
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Well, its' midnight,, and this old man has had a long and depressing day. We live in a world awash in greed. We live in a country in which the greediest own us.
And it's a country so out of touch with the reality of this world that we accept all this.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sept. 17:: These recent days are the most dangerous we have ever seen.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ndp-quebec-platform-1.5284356

What Singh is offering Quebec is a major step to separation. In effect, it offers Quebec control over immigration, and the right to treat anglo-Quebeckers as non-citizens.
For a start, if Quebecois control their own immigration, that must mean they have the power to prevent Canadian citizens from going there. And it has the right to expel anglos.

And it must mean it has the right to severely control the rights of English-speaking people. This is a province already  makes it either difficult or illegal for stores to put English signs in their windows. (Next, will be the closing of anglo schools, forcing all  English children to study French.)

Sounds extreme?There are already moves in that direction.

Quebec, like most other provinces, is very, very racist - and that includes both French and English Quebeckers./Qeubecois.

What Singh proposes is a major step to Quebec separation.And we are already in a situation in which anglo-Quebeckers have fewer rights than Quebecois

A note on my bias. I was born in Quebec, and lived most of my life there. My family in Quebec dates back to 1650. But, at some time in  the mid-nineteenth century there was an anglo marriage and, eventually me. And that made me an, ugh, anglo. Worse -  Protestant.

I spent some twenty years of my life dealing with the attacks of French separatists.which included  riots, death threats, the torching of our offices... For the first twenty years of my life I lived in a district in which neighbours would attack ua as 'les riches Anglaise'. (It was a French district and a very poor one. But we 'riches Anglaise'  were the poorest ones in it.)

When our little, Protestant church was stoned and it's windows smashed in by a French gang, I was there when the nearby French Catholic priest said, "It's only a Protestant church."

So, yes, I am prejudiced.
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Here's useful list of the party platforms in the Canadian election.

https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/federal/2019/party-platforms/

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/16/iran-trump-saudi-arabia-oil-attack-assessment-latest

Oh,  yes, of course. And Saudi Arabia is noted for telling the truth -
sometimes - though not very often. This could be the signal for a U.S. attack on Iran. Then watch for the explosions over the whole Middle East.
And watch for the Chinese/Russian response.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/petricic-hongkong-100-days-1.5284958

This is opinion (not news). But I very much fear that Hong Kong may be pushing too hard. It has an offer that has some merit. But what it seems to be looking for is complete separation from China. And China cannot possibly allow that. Nor will the western nations who have cheered Hong Kong's revolt give it any practical help.

We're heading for a dead end.
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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2019/sep/17/this-is-what-climate-change-looks-like-in-australia-in-pictures
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/16/amazon-deforestation-brazil-crime-report-human-rights-watch
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/17/the-guardian-view-on-iran-and-saudi-arabia-maximum-pressure-maximum-risks

American official knew (pretended to know) who the attackers were immediately the attacks happened at the Saudi oilfield. Right.
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_https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/15/tibetan-plateau-glacier-melt-ipcc-report-third pole
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/16/iran-trump-saudi-arabia-oil-attack-assessment-latest

Oh, well, if the Saudi's decide who did it, we know they always tell the truth.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/16/warning-signs-middle-east-donald-trump-hostility-iran-saudi-arabia

And so we are inches from a world war. And instead of getting serious about the general dangers of oil, we insist on building our futures on it.
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https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/the-game-is-not-over-yet.html

After hearing on the politician's on climate change, It's nice to read someone intelligent on the issue. And Gwynne Dyer is probably the most intelligent columnist we have.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-climate-whistleblowers/

Ah, who listen to trained scientists. Not us. We prefer morons like, well, like most of our politicians. And we prefer liars like the Irving press in New Brunswick and the Post press all over the place.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/09/jason-kenneys-fuming-response-amnesty-international-was-not

All the parties in this election fall well short of any useful mark. But even in our current leadership, Jason Kenney is the bottom of the pile. He wasn't really elected by the people of Alberta. He was elected by the oil companies.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/journalism-doctor/2019/09/how-not-do-it-issues-racism-mishandled-vancouver-sun

In a world of pretty stinking journalism, one of the leading stinkers is the Vancouver Sun. It, like many other Canadian papers, is a child of Post media and it's self-created role of professional liar of journalism.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/17/cutting-health-benefits-1900-whole-food-workers-saved-worlds-richest-man-jeff-bezos

We allow this to happen. And it's going to get worse - much, much worse.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/apartheid-made-official-deal-of-the-century-is-a-ploy-and-annexation-is-the-new-reality

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https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/the-ultra-costly-underwhelming-f-35-fighter

Massive military spending in the U.S. has little to do with defence. It has much to do with creating monster profits for war industries. That's one reason  the U.S. can't afford adequate public schools or medicare or housing.  The war industries are there to create profits for billionaires. And the billionaires certainly aren't going to pay taxes. So the rest of the country has to suffer.
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/09/17/Climate-Crisis-Election-Who-Dares-Name-Big-Oil/

(The Tyee is a site that is growing very quickly.)
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/09/17/Climate-Crisis-Harming-Health/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/09/12/Tax-Loopholes-Credits-Cost-Billions/

It's worth looking at the whole Tyee. It has really blossomed as a newspaper.
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https://news.yahoo.com/us-russia-nuclear-war-kill-172654684.html

And we are very close, not least because the U.S. has become much more aggressive in its promises to use nuclear weapons.

Can it fight a serious war without nuclear weapons? There is nothing in the US military's performance since1945 to sugggest that it can. It couldn't beat North Korrea with other countries helping it. It couldn't beat a relatively primitive Vietnam. It can't beat Afghanistan (in 20 years) even when it is actually fighting only a part of that country.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52275.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52276.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52279.htm
(I don't believe this one.The author of it has a pretty strong reputation in the field of world affairs. But I certainly hope he's wrong..)
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52271.htm

Assange is in jail - has been for some 23 years - because he told the truth about  war crimes the U.S. committed while it was killing over 20 million people. He's going to die in prison.

https://www.ecpmf.eu/news/threats/please-save-my-life-julian-assange

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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/09/16/opinion/alberta-shocking-abuse-political-power-protect-oil-industry

In this world, there's no end to sleaze.
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And sleaze has flourished for generations in New Brunswick.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/09/16/news/man-irving
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https://theintercept.com/2019/09/17/guantanamo-bay-hurricanes/
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Greta Thunberg is a child. But,, oh, what a child. And as I watched this post, I'm struck again by the drabness of Canadian politics.

Greta Thunberg is from Sweden, just 16 years old, and she has knocked the socks off lots of Americans on the issue of climate change. Canada has very little happening. Indeed, in comparison to the U.S. Canada is one hell of a boring place.

The U.S. has a real left-wing politician  with a following in the U.S. In comparison, Canada's Conservatives and Liberals are pretty drab stuff at a time when we need some more radical voices. I don't know of any Canadian politician I    could call progressive. Even the NDP and the Greenscould use a kick to get a move on.

But all we're likely to get out of our election is a cheering section for the kissups to big money.

The U.S., of course, has some  pretty awful leaders, and it will probably get another stinker for its next leader. But it has, at least, a Bernie Sanders who offers progressive ideas, and has a substantial following.

And, oh, the U.S. has a powerful spark in Greta Thunberg.

https://theintercept.com/2019/09/13/greta-thunberg-naomi-klein-climate/
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sept. 14. No. The world is not getting better.

As Canada begins its federal elections, a big issue is whether abortions should be permitted. Now, we live in a world in which babies are not only killed in war, they are actually prime targets. That has been true since the 1940s. The U.S., in particular, has deliberately targeted civilians and children for it's bombers.

https://www.unicef.org/sowc96/1cinwar.htm

Note that this figure is out of date by a wide margin.  And such killing is quite deliberate. And it's quite new. The pioneer of bombing children as a deliberate policy of war  was Winston Churchill whose deliberate targets were undefended villages in the middle east. This was picked up some twenty years later for the allied bombing of Dresden in WW2.  The U.S. deliberately targeted defenceless civilian targets in Korea - and in Vietnam - and in Afghanistan - and in Iraq - and in Yemen among many, many others.

Nobody knows how many babies and children we've murdered since in the 20th and 21st centuries-  certainly over 20 million. And that doesn't count  the severely crippled for life, the traumatized, the orphaned.....

But we're Christians. So we wouldn't dream of abortion. Get out there, and vote for Jesus.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world

The U.S. has ruled that Bahamians fleeing the damage and lack of food in their country must not be permitted in the U.S. (They might be criminals. And, as we know, there are no criminals in the U.S.)
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Virtually all of this world's scientists tell us that we are within sight of the end of the world we live in. They don't know how much time we have to deal with this.  But it may not be much.

So the emphasis  in the Canadian election is, of course, on abortion, Trudeau and SNC Lavalin, the corruption of Trudeau - and the Christian need to make the rich richer, reducing taxes for the rich.....

Can Canadians be so stupid as to ignore that greatest crisis in human history in this election?

Yep.

Oh, and we're also not hearing about the coming American invasion of our North.

The climate change that we are told isn't worth worth worrying about and isn't happening is rapidly melting all the ice of our north. And American capitalists (the same ones who say climate change isn't happening) are already preparing for the invasion of the Canadian north because, beneath all that ice are millions of tons of gold -----and oil.  And, oh, we need oil, don't we? Lots and lots of oil.

Remember the Trump attempt to buy Greenland? Watch for a repeat - with our Arctic. And watch for the Conservative party to be interested, especially the conservatives in our prairie provinces.
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At last, the Gwynne Dyer column I've been waiting for.  I've followed Dyer for many, many years. He is far the most honest and intelligent commentator in the business. Are Canadian voters up to that standard? No. If they were, we wouldn't be voting for any of the parties in this election.

https://www.thetelegram.com/opinion/national-perspectives/gwynne-dyer-climate-jonathan-franzen-sees-the-light-352180/
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http://www.rabble.ca/columnists/2019/09/climate-crisis-presents-urgent-existential-threat-election

The Green's are a nice thought. But they aren't going to win any election in the foreseeable future.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/09/jason-kenney-responds-amnesty-international-letter-full-blown
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/13/not-just-bees-first-its-kind-study-shows-neonics-may-be-killing-birds-too
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/13/we-will-not-give-say-indigenous-groups-trump-admin-gets-closer-fossil-fuel-pillage
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/09/11/cruelty-point
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/11/uk-security-services-neutralized-countrys-leading-liberal-newspaper/
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As I wrote earler......

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/12/the-forbidden-topic-in-pompeos-arctic-doctrine/

Will Americans allow Canada to control its own territory?

No way.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/british-judge-jails-assange-indefinitely-despite-end-of-prison-sentence
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https://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2019/07/29/Media-Denying-Climate-Crisis-Symbol-Malpractice/

Post media is a far-flung operation that is one of the illegitimate children of Conrad Black. I don't know whether he believes what he says. I don't see how anyone could believe that. My best guess is that he sees himself as a superior being, and all his opinions are really reflections of his superiority.  In other words, this man is deluded. And, through post media, as he began it, he projected his superiority across the land.

I don't know whether post media is the worst journalism in Canada. Most Canadian news media, like New Brunswick's  Irving press, could give it a run for that title.
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2018/05/17/Oil-Industry-Canada-Deep-State/

Almost all of Canada's news industry is propaganda and lies. That may explain why most Canadians vote Liberal or Conservative.
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https://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2019/07/11/Postmedia-Taxpayer-Subsidies/

Your tax dollars at work. Not for you, though. No. They work for those wealthy folks who don't pay taxes but are free to take ours.
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_https://www.globalresearch.ca/chile-september-11-1973-first-911/5608471

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And here is one of the more sober looks at what is going on in Hong  Kong.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/13/hong-kong-and-the-future-of-china/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52258.htm

Well, well, well......
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52264.htm
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The news we get tells us almost nothing about Israel. Here is a harrowing corrective.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52267.htm
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Children have become major targets in war. It's quite deliberate. And we, in the west, are the ones doing it.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/14/c_138391605.htm
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http://irjci.blogspot.com/2019/09/study-millions-of-seniors-go-hungry.html

Well, in fairness, you have to remember that the U.S. needs all the money it can get for it's billionaires.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/09/13/opinion/global-assault-environmental-rights-behind-jason-kenneys-war

Canada has had more than a few corrupt and dangerous premiers. But Jason Kenny may be the most destructive.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/09/12/news/andrew-scheers-indigenous-hostage-comment-provokes-tongue-lashing-first-election
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The U.S. corporate media are, essentially, propagandists. So are the Canadians ones. (and so are most such news media around the world.) They lie. They distort. They hide the truth.

And they've been doing it for 150 years.

Their reliance on the corporate media for their news is why Canadians are missing all this election should be about,  keeping Canadians in ignorance.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/09/14/boycott-all-u-s-corporate-media/
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At this point, at least twenty entries from this post have vanished. I would cry. But it's late, and I'm really tired.

I'll cry tomorrow.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sept. 12: War without End, Aw-aw men.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-condemns-west-bank-annexation-plans-1.5278863

Israel is everything that Judaism is not about. And Israel gets full support from the U.S. -a country  which is everything Christianity is not about.
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Wednesday was the first day of  the federal election. The big issue that emerged  was  Trudeau's lying about his SNC Lavalin deal. Do the politicians think we are very, very stupid? Apparently so.

All the people who understand about it have been warning that our    planet is on its way to destruction - and with all of us who live on it going down with it. But the two major parties, one of which is sure to be the winner, haven't mentioned it.

Are we all crazy?

Our life on this planet ends - and it is likely to be sooner than we expect. And Canadians are seriously concerned about the Lavalin  deal? Get real.

When it comes to government  corruption (as in Lavalin).  the Conservative party, like the Liberal party, has over 150 years  of gross corruption. And you know and I know that those parties are not going to change.

Hey. The world ends. And it's not far. Does nobody give a damn? Certainly, the Canadian people don't. It's hard to believe that a whole nation - indeed, a whole world - can be that stupid. And, oh, stupid is a small word for all that.

Is anybody awake out there?
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/11/hurricane-dorian-bahamas-missing-people

We are living in a world in which many, many millions are fleeing horror. And most countries won't accept them. No. We prefer to drown them or to put them in wire cages at the Mexican border.

And we have barely seen the beginning of what is to come. Around the world, people who are terrified into flight by climate change or by our  plundering of their land get no help, no sympathy. And it is going to get much, much worse as our climate changes and our plundering gets even  more brutal.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/09/amnesty-international-warns-dangers-albertas-approach-defending

This is the kind of idiocy that Canadians are voting for. (Their children will not thank them for it.)
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/09/connecting-dots-between-climate-and-biodiversity-crises

But what  does Suzuki know? He ain't smart like the oil bosses are.
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The Alberta government is now spying on its own citizens to nail down those who disagree with it. Seig Heil.

Canadians! Wake up!

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/09/ears-wall-albertas-environmental-snitch-line-now-accepting

In the new Canada, you're not allowed to have your own opinion. Canadians should be enraged about this. What a collection of  wimps we are!
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/11/the-guardian-view-on-netanyahu-land-grab-a-prison-not-a-peace

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/11/palestinians-on-annexation-plan-we-are-already-destroyed
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https://www.thenation.com/article/philanthropy-charity-inequality-taxes/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/12/demanding-2020-democrats-pick-side-climate-emergency-greenpeace-climbers-shut-down

Americans seem to be much more active than Canadians are in preserving their country.
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__https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/12/we-must-be-bolder-ever-labor-federation-representing-30-million-workers-calls-all

Heard much  ( anything) from Canadians and their unions?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/12/morally-bankrupt-and-black-mark-america-trump-condemned-refusing-grant-protected
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/12/warnings-lives-will-be-lost-after-right-wing-supreme-court-allows-trump-asylum-ban
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/kashmir-the-new-white-mans-burden
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/inevitable-climate-crisis-adaptation-can-deliver-7-1-trillion-in-benefits-says-global-report
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/playing-politics-trump-and-netanyahu-risk-sparking-nuclear-arms-race
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/12/the-us-media-war-machine-kicks-in-against-iran/
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https://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2019/09/09/Postmedia-Has-Embraced-Dishonest-Dangerous-Propaganda/

Canada, like the U.S, has a newspaper world dominated by a handful of owners who publish propaganda to please the wealthy. That may explain why Canadians are so out-to-lunch on political matters.
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/09/11/Vancouver-School-Racist-Video/

The tyee has lately been developing along some impressive lines.
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Guess who American 'war heroes' have been valiantly killing in all the wars since the bombing of Dresden in WW2.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/usa-pretend-unmasked/5688927

In fairness, we should also recognize who originated the idea of bombing innocent civilians. That would be Winston Churchill. He was a man with utter contempt for all foreigners - and for working class British.

He invented the bombing of defenceless civilians in the middle east in 1924.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52251.htm

I'm sure Netanyahu would never do such a thing - well, not unless he wanted to.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52240.htm
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Another piece of the story we'll never know.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52249.htm
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A report I don't agree with...

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52252.htm

I don't like Netanyahu or anything he stands for. But surely anybody who would stay in a building under rocket attack would have to be a damn fool. I don't see the cowardice here.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/09/10/opinion/dorian-was-climate-catastrophe-waiting-happen

Trump has already forgotten it. And Bahamians who fled the horror are being sent back to keep living it.
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https://truthout.org/articles/the-pompeo-doctrine-is-a-formula-for-catastrophe-in-the-arctic/
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What's the purpose of drugs? It depends on what country you're in. In Canada, they're to heal sick people. In the the U.S., they're to make billionaires richer. Poor Americans can't afford drugs?
Tough.
https://truthout.org/articles/government-granted-patent-monopolies-are-driving-up-drug-prices/
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https://truthout.org/articles/as-in-vietnam-the-us-will-leave-afghanistan-a-disaster-for-its-citizens/
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The whole world has been in collapse since 1945. A major cause of that is the murderous greed of capitalism - and the power of capitalists to control almost all of our news media.

And most of them use that power to spread lies and propaganda. The model for that is the National Post, founded by Conrad Black. I got to know him when he and I were young, and both of us were 'regulars' on CBC.  The only person in the whole world he cared about was Conrad Black. In conversation with others, he would close his eyes, raise his chin - and not listen to anybody but himself.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sept. 10:really bad times are on their way.

I've been looking at some pictures of life in Britain about 1900. For the poor - who were most of the population - life was vile. Boys and girls six and seven were sent to work in factories, or being lowered down into chimneys to sweep them. It was six days a week - and, get this, 16 hours a day for kids of six.

Commonly, then, there was no schooling. And therefore no hope for a better future.

Clothing was hand-me-downs,  ratty and filthy. They lived in vile flats, often just one room for the whole family. And no toilets. No running water.

Their parents were wretchedly dressed. Often the men couldn't afford boots. In winter, then, they had to walk to work with their feet wrapped in rags.

Medical care? Forget it. For a sample of that, we can remember a case in Canada where life could be just as brutally bad.

A seventeen-year old was working on a piece of machinery powered by belt-driven wheels. The belt snapped, and took off his arm. Management was immediately informed. It fired him on the spot, leaving it up to him to figure out how to get home.

Life was much different for the rich. Houses were large. There was a bathroom, sometimes several, with flush toilets. Clothing was of the best, and tailor made.
The children, too, wore only the best - often to the annoyance of those who had to wear such formal clothing all the time.

And the children would, of course, go to expensive schools to meet their own kind and prepare for their own lives of prosperity.

Why do I mention all this?

It's because all this happened in a Britain - and a Canada - and a U.S.
Indeed, most of the 'civilized' world was like this. The rich owned the governments. They had nothing but contempt for the mass of the people. There was, after 1945, a period of governing for the good of the people - all of them, not just the rich ones. But we have been reversing that for some years.

The U.S. government is on  a major campaign to cut back on public schools. And that means loss of opportunity and of a better life. We're now hearing noises about this in Canada, especially from the United Conservatives, our leading party of greed.

In fact, for the last twenty years and more, we've seen a steady erosion of opportunity for decent living. Our universities, like those of Britain in 1900,  are out of reach for most. The lack of affordable and decent housing has become a scandal. In general, our standard of living has been dropping for some time, while our billionaires are making the biggest profits in modern history.

The rich won't have to pay income tax. Why?  Premiers like Doug Ford actually give huge sums to billionaires, but are cutting back on school  lunches for the poor. (Bastard,)

This is happening. It's most noticeable in the United Conservative Party and, in the U.S., among Republicans. But it's also common among Liberals and many U.S.  Democrats (with some lovable exceptions.)

The very rich will do, I guess, what they have always done.  And we're into a full speed crash for our own destruction.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-secret-meeting-taliban-1.5275138

Oh! Aren't those Taliban naughty?

But has Mr. Pompeo forgotten that for some years it was the U.S. that trained and equipped the Taliban to kill? Of course, that was when the Taliban were killing Russians. So that was good.

Anyway, the Taliban did not start a war with the U.S. It was the U.S. that started a war with the Taliban.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2019/sep/10/trump-news-today-latest-economy-north-carolina-republicans-live

This is a big, big slump.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/09/hundreds-of-bahamians-evacuees-ordered-off-boat-due-to-lack-of-us-visas

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

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https://www.rt.com/news/468504-bolton-resigns-trump-disagreed/

I look forward to getting a fuller report on this.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/08/hong-kong-protesters-call-on-donald-trump-to-liberate-territory

It's hard to see what China stands to gain by this. And an American intervention would simply add to a very dangerous situation.Before interfering, the U.S. should remember Korea, the mass murder in Guatemala and other Latin American countries, Vietnam, Afghanistan...
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/09/ears-wall-albertas-environmental-snitch-line-line-now-accepting

Alberta tax dollars at work!
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-adaptation-1.5277262
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And this is all too true.

http://rabble.ca/babble/canadian-politics/conservative-leadership-dumbing-down-alberta-and-saskatchewan
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/09/poverty-america-literal-death-sentence-says-sanders-following-devastating-gao-report

This is real in the U.S. and in Canada. Will it be an issue in the elections? Will Canada's United Conservatives and Liberals leap to the rescue?

Not likely. They have a full time job giving money to the rich.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/10/trumps-racism-and-cruelty-knows-no-bounds-outrage-president-smears-dorian-victims
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/08/29/the-real-big-brother/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/10/us-media-keep-saying-iran-is-in-violation-of-a-nuclear-agreement-the-us-withdrew-from/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/09/whats-the-true-unemployment-rate-in-the-us/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52233.htm

well, of course the U.S. is supplying weapons of mass murder all over the world. That's a basic principle of American Christianity.

And VERY  profitable for weapons capitalists. I mean, you have to make choices. And what's more important? Wasting money on health and schools? or making money for billionaires?
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52236.htm

Of the U.S. is planning a war on China.  China has become a major competitor for American billionaires. In the long run, American billionaires lose. So the U.S. has to make it a short run.

China doesn't need a war. American billionaires do.
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_http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52222.htm
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https://truthout.org/articles/tax-the-rich-before-the-rest/

It's astonishing. We accept that the very rich should not pay taxes. (Worse, a great many of us believe that the rich  give this back to us in jobs - but there is no evidence, none, nada that this has any truth to it.)

This is crazy. It means we can't run our countries as we should. We get robbed of billions every year. And there's scarcely a whimper out there.
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With war, greed, impoverishment, contempt for the average person (you), with a rush for time to destroy,  with war on a scale this earth has never before seen, we are heading for the end times. Greed, almost always the most destructive force, has been elevated to the major point of all policy.

And Canadians are wimping out. The U.S., for all it's warhawks and plunderers, has produced a Bernie Sanders. Canada hasn't.

The leaders, by far, in the coming Canadian election are the Liberals - always servants of the very rich. And the  Conservatives - ditto. Indeed,  among those two, wretched parties, the Conservatives are, by quite a margin, the worst. (And it's very tough to be worse than the Liberals.)

The NDP and The Greens are several steps closer to intelligent. But it's going to take a lot more than   'several' steps.

Meanwhile, we are very close to a major war with China and, possibly, with Russia. Will Canada be expected to join? Yes. Will it join? Yes, if it's governed by either Liberals or Conservatives.

Will the world survive such a war?

Probably not.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Sept 7: Not a good day. When was the last one?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/election-leaders-1.5260586

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/secularism-law-1.5261713

There's a lot that's ugly about Canada as it faces a national election.

The platforms of our Liberal and Conservative parties are ugly (and shallow and ignorant) to a degree we've never seen before.

And racism is popping up. (French Quebec could not accept that anglos should be there. After all, the French were there first.) Duh..actually...the French were second (third if you count the brief appearance of the vikings.) The first, by far, were the aboriginal peoples who were either murdered by the French or had their land stolen from them. Now, Quebec racism is aimed at the Muslims who (horrors) cover their heads.

And, somehow, this all fits in with the ugliest and greediest election Canada has ever seen.

Have you heard of the Bilderberg Group? This is a very secretive organization of the very, rich who meet periodically with their flunkies around the world. The meetings are secret. But we know the basic idea. It exists to spread the word that democracy does not work, and that we would all be better off if the very rich ruled the world. (No. I'm not exaggerating.)

In fact, the super rich have been running the U.S. and Canada for a very long time. They've done it by buying off elected politicians. That's why billionaires are allowed to avoid taxes by hiding their money. (Think of the idiocy of that. Billionaires don't pay taxes. Meanwhile, the working class and the middle class of Canada and the U.S. have been getting poorer for a good fifty years but must pay taxes. Millions go hungry or ill, sleep on the streets, settle for third rate education, can't afford decent housing - while our billionaires sit on heaps of  money so great they could not be spent in a hundred lifetimes and more of great luxury.)

We, the whole world, have been almost constantly at war since 1950, murdering millions (while calling on God's blessings), creating fortunes for weapons manufacturers, starving millions. And, of course, it's our taxes - the rich, after all, don't pay taxes - and it's our sons and daughters who die in the wars.

When the hell are we going to wake up?

Obviously, it's not going to be in this election. (Look again at the opening sentence of this blog.)

Think about the Conservative sense of policy. The Conservatives openly believe that this world should be run by the very rich. That's why a Doug Ford can make necessary services give less to those who need them (like feeding children who otherwise get nothing) to give ever more money to all those very rich who don't pay income tax. Even better. He (and the Liberals) who don't give money to hungry children hand it out in millions to well-fed billionaires.

The Conservative party is one that will actively destroy Canada to kiss up to the very rich. And millions of Canadians, especially the poor ones, are going to vote for it.

The Liberals are less obvious about it. But they aren't much different.

The NDP and the Greens don't go nearly as far as they should in their policies. But they are not destructive as the Conservatives and Liberals are. And many of their ideas are quite sensible. And none of their ideas comes even close to the destructive policies of the Conservatives and Liberals.

And the Canadian people? Sigh. They vote like their mummies and daddies did for two, big parties that were born corrupt and the servants of the forever greedy.
Part of that, I guess, is the dishonesty of our news media and the lack of any substantial opposition to those news media.

I cannot imagine any result of this election which would be anything but disastrous. It is actually worse, much worse than the United States.

Oh, would things be better if the rich ruled the world? It's not a new idea. In fact, it has been the pattern of just about every society I have ever heard of, the pattern of all  the empires in history. And every one of them collapsed.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/election-leaders-1.5260586
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/sep/05/hurricane-dorian-carolinas-latest-live-updates-bahamas-us
This is a part of climate change. And this is only the  beginning.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/09/alberta-schools-are-public-no-more-what-gives

The public school is one of the greatest triumphs of modern civilization. They not only made it possible for generations to function in modern societies;  they gave all children a chance to function in our societies.

But they're under attack. private school advocates want a piece of the action. In this view, the only purpose of education is to make them richer

(Are the public schools better? Certainly, the students are taught to believe they are better. I had a cousin who was seriously retarded. So he was sent to private school here in Ottawa. At the end of his education, he was still retarded. But he thought he was one of the intellectual elite.)

The wealthy have never liked the public schools. To them, the only point of any institution is to make money and, if possible, to make us peasants pony up some of that money (which could better be spent on public schools.)

The private schools are in for happy times under Alberta's United Conservatives.
And the public schools, the ones that give us all a chance? Who gives a damn!
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/09/hurricane-dorian-reminds-time-short-avoid-irreversible-climate-catastrophe

Will this change the thinking of the United Conservative Party?

Of course not. The United Conservative  Party can't change it's thinking. It has no thinking to change.

It has no thinking to change.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/us-beekeepers-file-suit-against-trump-epa-charging-illegal-approval-insecticide

Hey! Who needs bees? Right?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/07/new-report-abc-cbs-nbc-covered-climate-crisis-connection-hurricane-dorian-only-once
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https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2019/09/06/over-450-climate-strikes-planned-us-september-20th-global-climate-strikes-take

One of the suprises for me in recent years has been learning what a limp bunch Canadians are.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/06/a-trump-brexit-threatens/

And in World War Two, Vera Lynn sang, "There'll be love and laughter and peace every after...."
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/08/30/the-angry-arab-israel-bombs-the-middle-east-yet-again/

Well, that's why Canadians fought and died in World War 2 - so that Israelis could murder Arabs.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/unimaginable-death-toll-predicted-in-bahamas-after-hurricane-dorian

It's a lot worse than we're being told.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/911-and-drug-money/5688224

And Canadians died for that. When we speak of our troops, it's always in praise of them. And that's fair enough. Our troops are not the ones who decided to fight an American war in Afghanistan. But it would have been nice to hear The Canadian Legion on this subject. It exists, after all, to serve our soldiers - not our politicians and billionaires.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/true-unemployment-rate-us/5688269

Never believe any government report on unemployment. They all fake it.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52210.htm

The U.S. will no doubt soon announce it wants to restore democracy to Iran. In fact, it was the U.S. and its buddies who destroyed a democratic Iran almost seventy years ago - and installed a dictator. And it was the Iranians who got   rid of him.
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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-09-03/us-military-surrounding-venezuela-new-deployment-guyana

Of course the U.S. plans to attack Venezuela and Iran. The U.S. is attacking other countries to steal their oil. Indeed, that is a major reason why the U.S. entered the European part of World War Two. And it was very successful  in beating up on the British and swiping their oil fields.

(Similarly, the U.S. did not enter the war against Japan because of  Pearl Harbour. That was planned to get control of a China that was then a part of the British Empire. It wanted an attack on some American territory to give in an excuse for war. It just never expected the Japanese to hit Pearl Harbour.)

A war against either Venezuela or Iran would be an illegal act of war. But the U.S. is accustomed to illegal acts of war.
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https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/huge-healthcare-and-living-costs-keeps-us-as-one-of-worlds-worst-places-to-live-080009645.html?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZHJ1ZGdlcmVwb3J0LmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAAz89lKmBNMRIdTqIGYZcAN2GhfG1vQtwhANSj2D_URRLG0dt6irCMQjhWnH4hqbmZHCP1YhZGqR7BeocwVP74m6W1xPgFZtOctb7BDyxiUzl3VNgJGOTDkZkCtVz0CT-25HbKP1TzGEP9Nd39OYjuEWd-yIElXV8oxWJWx55G5h&_guc_consent_skip=1567899667

Britain is a loser, too. It always has been under the rule of the rich - for themselves.
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https://www.newsweek.com/usa-ranks-worst-places-live-worldwide-expat-survey-finland-healthcare-childcare-costs-1457925

Newsweek, too, ranks the U.S. in the toilet. And Newsweek is scarcely a radical source.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/06/06/news/what-have-irvings-done-new-brunswick

I lived in New Brunswick for twenty years. It's people are accustomed to being whipped into line by the Irvings. Whipped and robbed at every level.

The newspapers, all owned by the Irvings, are the worst I have ever seen. They make even Last Post sort of....respectable. But only if you read it with your eyes closed.

Romeo Leblanc, before he became Governor General, was the Liberal contact with the Irving's. (Romeo was not dishonest ---naive, though. His son, Dominic, now a major figure in the federal cabinet, seems quite different from his father. He's not naive. And he seems to be dishonest.
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https://truthout.org/video/despite-tiny-carbon-footprint-bahamas-is-ground-zero-of-climate-crisis/
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https://truthout.org/articles/sanders-shines-and-biden-crumbles-during-epic-town-hall-on-climate-crisis/

I wish Canada had a Bernie Sanders.
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